Blog request: Holiday Gift Ideas

Hey everyone! What does this blog and Black Friday have in common? SHOPPING, GIFTS and much much more! I also want to remind all the nice girls out there that Black Friday is right around the corner so get that shopping list together, find your crazy outfit and get ready for the holiday shopping season! I received a great request from a reader to blog about holiday gift ideas. I am going to do my best to give gender specific ideas to help shopping for dads, brothers and boyfriends much easier. Please remember that these are just my ideas.

For all you parents out there shopping for your college student I am here to say we want your money! I’m just kidding… kind of. It’s hard being a college student on our own and away from home and money is always short. A great gift for a college student is a gift card. I know you are sitting there shaking your head at me thinking gifts cards are impersonal and uncreative. I agree in some circumstances but for your college student, they are a perfect idea. Think along the lines of a gas card or a gift card to your student’s favorite restaurant that is close to campus. An iTunes gift card is also great. I know I love having the latest and greatest music on my iPod. Help your student download legally and purchase an iTunes gift card. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer.

For the book worm consider Borders or a local bookstore and purchase a new popular book on the shelf. I love having someone buy books for me because I usually receive books I may have not picked up on my own. Also think about getting their favorite book in a special edition hardcover for a keepsake. Maybe even pick up a book for yourself while you are out so you can cuddle up next to the fire and read a good book.

Everyone has a family member or even a friend who loves jewelry. My best advice, stop by your local Forever 21. They have a fabulous collection of inexpensive jewelry. You can also try Charlotte Russe for a variety of affordable items. There is nothing better than receiving a cute pair of earrings or a new necklace that puts the finishing touch on your favorite outfit.

How about grandma or another sentimental person in your family? One of my favorite things to do is purchase a photo album and place a few memorable photos inside. Everyone knows how much grandma loves pictures! I know mine does.

Dads… are so hard to shop for. My dad is a car lover. For his birthday I got him a “car spa kit”. I put everything from wax to shop towels inside of a bucket for the garage. I know my dad can’t wait for the winter to be over so he can get out his new spa items and get to work on his truck… I hope he won’t forget about my car. J

Last but not least a girl’s best friend, MOM. Stop by Bath and Body Works and pick up her favorite scent. Also think about getting her a spa package for a day of relaxation. Candles are a great gift to if you are looking for a stocking stuffer or a small gift.

This year, try to think of something creative to give someone. Put thought into it and make it personal, think outside of the box. The stores I mentioned are only my ideas of where you could shop.

Please keep sending in blog requests at or feel free to leave ideas in the comment section below.

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Thanks for reading, and remember nice girls always finish first.


Nice Girl Via email?

Hey everyone! I just want to give a quick update about the new edition to my blog. I have added a contact option under my profile. You can now reach me via email at ! I’m excited about this, so please take full advantage of my email.

My goal is to give my readers a new way to reach me to give ideas, offer feedback about my blog and to ask questions about whatever is on your mind. I would really love for everyone to send a quick email and let me know your ideas for the blog. I want to make sure I am writing about topics that are of interest to you and that you find helpful. Please give me your suggestions and I will try my best to blog about your topics as well as my own ideas.

I hope you are managing to stay warm in this crazy November weather! Have a great weekend. And remember, Nice Girls always finish first!


It's about that time of year again...

The holiday season is my favorite time of year. The best thing to me about the holiday season is settling in at home after a busy semester on campus and having lots of time to spend with my family and friends. There is nothing better than the cozy feeling of home after all the decorations are up and Christmas cookies are baking in the oven. I love to share this feeling with everyone and I do so by volunteering my time. I cannot wait to roll up my sleeves and lend a helping hand again this year because I had so many great experiences giving back to my community. I’m going to share my experience with you from last year in the hope of inspiring you to get involved this holiday season.

Last year as the fall semester came to an end, I wanted to mark my break with something I could really be proud of when I went back to school in January. I’ve volunteered a lot but this time I wanted to do something that would allow me to interact with those I was helping. I wanted to show people that I care and that there is hope so I did some research to find a way I could be hands on in my community. I decided to work with the Salvation Army. I volunteered for 3 days in their toy distribution warehouse. Those three days are and will continue to be some of my best holiday memories ever. It was so heartwarming to help parents who had little hope of giving their children a happy holiday, choose gifts that I just knew were going to make their kids light up with joy on Christmas morning. It was such a rewarding experience because the families were so thankful and I knew I was watching dreams come true.

After this amazing experience I cannot think of a better way to spend a few days on my winter break. This year I plan to return to the Salvation Army’s toy distribution warehouse and again volunteer my time with this worthwhile organization. You may even find me ringing one of those familiar bells.

Comment below and tell me how you plan to give back this holiday season. Please give generously and make a difference in someone’s life. Remember, Nice Girls always put others first.